Alcoholism affects society, the family and the individual who has the disease.

Alcoholism is a disease that includes alcohol insatiable need. Involves loss of control when you have trouble alcoholic stop drinking. The more you consume the tolerance level increases and needs more to arouse euphoric state. Withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it because your body develops physical dependence. Usually the alcoholic patient suffers from low self-esteem and often egocentric . His personal shortcomings are temporarily relieved with alcohol which actually tends to intensify. Their inhibitions are lost and morale relaxes. He begins to hate himself for his weakness. The lies and reproaches become part of your daily life. In those close arises fear their words, insults and actions.

The alcoholic family

Stein glass in the book The alcoholic family published in 1989 states that there is a factor that favors drinking behavior. Identifies the internal environment and the need to keep it stable components of this factor are flattering. Faced with the problem of alcoholism may oppose a family drinking behavior or admit. The family lives around the problems that alcohol causes to becoming ill in the center of his life. While their roles and responsibilities assumed. It becomes a facilitator of alcoholic behaviors promoting alcoholism and adapting to their demands. While other families have freedom of expression and growth in an alcoholic family actions and emotions of each member are limited.


Alcoholism in the family system

When children grow up in alcoholic families are hindering the healthy development at home. Since maintaining stability within the family sacrifices long-term growth. It promotes dependency and its members become unable to resolve conflicts. The extreme rigidity over protection and establish a lifestyle that allows alcoholism perpetuate generations. Small gain distorted perceptions about love, security, acceptance and are four times more likely to become alcoholics.

Emotional problems are not appreciated until they become adults. They tend to marry people who are already or will be alcoholic. They have difficulty identifying and expressing feelings, while maintaining a general feeling of fear and guilt. They become rigid and controlling. Undecided and dependents. Suffer from depression and are unable to maintain closeness and intimacy with someone.

Types of alcoholic families

1. There are families who drink heavily for generations and relate with others who drink alcohol similarly.
2. In the family there is an alcoholic who stopped drinking alcohol, but have not been treated as members, alcoholic behavior still exists.
3. While alcoholism is no longer present for generations, alcoholic behaviors are perpetuated and the family system still acts as alcoholic family.
4. A family member becomes an alcoholic, then the family starts working as alcoholic family.

The roles of family members with alcoholism

In alcoholic families adopt the following roles:

* The rescuer resolve conflicts without letting alcohol take responsibility for their actions or behavior. The patient is convinced that there is no problem with alcohol abuse.
* The caregiver assumes the responsibilities of alcohol and charged with duties that do not belong promoting lack of awareness of the addict.
* The rebel attracts the attention of the family and this turns his anger and frustration towards him.
* The hero also distracts attention on the alcoholic family, but with positive achievements.
* The recriminatory blame the sick of all the alcoholic family problems and used this as a pretext to continue taking in excess.
* The disengaged stays out of family dynamics, sad and express their disappointment.
* The disciplinary lambasts alcoholic reflecting their anger, frustration and guilt he feels for his addiction.

It is important that in the home is to provide guidance to their children about the consequences and damages caused by alcoholism. And raise their awareness of the problems caused in health, behavior and welfare. When you grow up in an alcoholic family is possible by treating alcoholic behaviors appropriate to identify and to understand the attitudes, behaviors, emotions and feelings that prevail about alcoholism.